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Costs and Bankruptcy Survival

Posted on August 10, 2022 | Posted in Bankruptcy, Collections, Five Liners

Yanic DuFresne Excavation Inc. v. Saint Joseph Developments Ltd. 2022 Ont SCJ

Debtor went bankrupt and creditor brought a motion, even after the debtor and trustee had been discharged, that the debt survived bankruptcy under s. 178(1)(d) of the BIA. The creditor was successful and costs of the motion were agreed at $50,000. The debtor argued that the costs should not survive bankruptcy because they were incurred after the bankruptcy. The judge held that, if a judgement survives bankruptcy, it would be inequitable that costs would not. Costs are an intrinsic aspect and a consequence of the judgment.


Jonathan Speigel


Written by Jonathan Speigel, the founding partner of Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, leads the litigation and construction practices.


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